Q: I’m a teacher and our middle school recently had an incident in which a small amount of nut butter got smeared on a desk that was later occupied by a student in my class with an allergy to hazelnuts. (That student had a minor skin reaction.) I would like to be sure that desktops get… Read more »
Q: My 10-month-old grandson is allergic to peanuts and eggs, so we want to keep our food shopping safe for him. My husband and I usually buy legumes in bulk, but I’m concerned they might be handled in a facility along with peanuts. Will washing legumes thoroughly before cooking remove any cross-contamination, or should we… Read more »
Q: I’m highly allergic to peanuts, dairy and shellfish, and I’m having an argument with a friend who also has a dairy allergy. She says foods that say “may contain dairy” should be avoided, but she will eat a food when the label says “processed in a facility with dairy.” She’s studying law and claims… Read more »
Q: My daughter has severe allergies to peanut and tree nuts. We’d like to know if she’s safe to eat shellfish, which she hasn’t yet tried (she’s 8 years old). The allergist advised she could just try shrimp but my husband and I are scared of a possible reaction. Should she have a blood test before trying tor what would you recommend?
Q: Testing has confirmed that our 4-year-old is allergic to cashews and pistachios. (We visited an allergist after our daughter’s reaction to one cashew, in which her eye and lips became swollen and she got hives.) I’m unclear about what other foods she’ll need to avoid. While those are the only nuts she tested allergic to, I’ve read that cashews are in the sumac family, along with mangoes and peppercorns. Will she need to avoid those too?
Q: My grandson has been a very sick little boy who has suffered bouts of severe diarrhea and vomiting. At last his parents got a diagnosis for him — a type of allergy called FPIES, and they’re now avoiding several foods including milk and soy. It seems it’s not a “typical” food allergy. Could you… Read more »